GREAT START FOR THE CENTENNIAL SERVICE CHALLENGE The Centennial Service Challenge is off to a roaring start. Lions clubs had reported to Lions Clubs International (LCI) 20 million people served as of December 2014. Lions served 7.5 million youths, benefited 5 million people through environmental projects, assisted 4 million through vision services and provided food for 3.5 million. The goal is for Lions to serve 100 million people from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018. The centennial challenge stems from the Global Service Action Campaigns. For the past few years clubs have been asked to Engage Youth in August, Share the Vision in October, Relieve Hunger in December/January and Protect the Environment in April. To qualify, the service must be reported to LCI via the Service Activities Report on the online MyLCI system. LIONS IN INDIA PROTEST SCHOOL ATTACK Lions in India organized a peace march in Kolkata in December five days after terrorists killed 145 students and teachers at a school in Pakistan. More than 3,500 marchers including Lions, Leos, students and sports and film stars walked a kilometer to express their commitment to human solidarity. Supported by a Public Relations grant from Lions Clubs International, Lions from Districts 322 B1, B2 and C1 sponsored the demonstration. To publicize the event, Lions visited schools and took out a full-page newspaper ad, and Leos created a Facebook page. The march ended with a prayer at Lions Safari Park, maintained by Lions since 1984. “The citizens of Kolkata parted with a promise to work together to combat the evil force of terrorism,” according to a story on the march in a Lions’ newsletter. The attack by nine Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School in Peshawar on Dec. 16 was the deadliest terrorist attack ever in Pakistan. 2015-16 PEACE POSTER CONTEST ANNOUNCED The theme for the 2015-16 Peace Poster Contest is “Share Peace.” This international contest run by Lions Clubs International gives youth worldwide a chance to express their vision of peace through art. Students ages 11, 12 and 13 are eligible to participate. The deadline to order a kit for sponsoring clubs is Oct. 1. To order online, search for “peace poster kit” at lionmagazine.org. The kits are available in the 11 official languages. The Peace Poster Contest qualifies for the Centennial Service Challenge—serving 100 million people by 2017. Lions must record the activity online at MyLCI for the activity to count toward the goal. Clubs also are encouraged to post their service on Facebook and other social media sites by using the hashtag #LIONS100. Digital LION • “I’m as old as the war, and I hate it,” said the inaugural Peace Poster winner in 1989. Read the story on him at lionmagazine.org. • Watch a creative, high-energy video on the Peace Poster Contest at lionmagazine.org. MISS IOWA TAKES THE OATH At their Mid-Winter Leadership Conference Iowa Lions witnessed the induction of one of their own—Miss Iowa Autumn Weaver. International President Joe Preston of Arizona inducted her as a member of the Ames Evening Lions Club. Weaver spoke to Lions on overcoming bullying as a child. Born deaf, she later received a cochlear implant at the Lions-supported Cochlear Implant Center at the University of Iowa Hospital. “I have a dream of serving and helping others all over the world. I do believe in peace, kindness, harmony, teamwork and love,” she told the LION. Studying criminal justice at Kaplan University, Weaver often visits hospitals to cheer up sick children. She was named Miss Iowa in 2014 in the National Miss American Coed Pageant. PSA ON DISASTERS MADE FOR LIONS Lions Clubs International has created a public service announcement (PSA) that highlights Lions’ fast and effective response to disasters. Clubs can provide the PSA, available in 30-second and one-minute versions, to media outlets and share it on social media to raise awareness of Lions. Stations can download a broadcast-quality PSA from the LCI website or Lions can request a DVD from headquarters’ Audio and Visuals and Events department. Call LCI at 630-468-6714. Watch the new PSA on disaster relief at lionmagazine.org. LCI REDESIGNS WEBSITE Lions Clubs International has redesigned its website (lionsclubs.org). The new design is more user-friendly, more responsive and easier to read on smartphones and tablets. The navigational tools and new drop-down menus make it easier to find information commonly searched for by Lions. The website also automatically scales and rearranges content based on the screen size of the user. The site went live in February. Feedback solicited from Lions helped guide the redesign. The last redesign was in 2010. Overheard “When you’re suddenly standing up on the stage, knowing that there are 70 million people watching you around the world, it’s hard to remember even what your name is.” —Oscar-winning screenwriter Ernest Thompson, recalling his acceptance speech, after a screening of “On Golden Pond” hosted by Mattapoisett Lions in Massachusetts, his wife’s hometown. From the Sippican Week. “That’s what I love about these types of organizations. While they can support disasters and charities around the world, they still remember the people that need help right here in our community. Everyday families here in Niagara have their struggles as seen here by Michaela. Well done, Welland Lions Clubs.” —Rebecca W., in a digital post to a story in the St. Catharines Standard on the dog guide given to 15-year-old Michaela Kinnear by Welland Lions in Ontario, Canada, with proceeds from the sale of its hall. By the Numbers 95 Years of membership in the Seneca Lions Club in Illinois for Stephen Thompson and his late father. 30 Children who took part in a workshop on building birdhouses held by Rainier Lions in Washington. 2,000 Bilingual books donated to a school in Aurora by Elburn Lions in Illinois. 19 Weekends spent by Abington Lions in Pennsylvania to beautify Hillside Park. 5 Homes painted, cleaned or renovated in recent years by Glenview Lions in Illinois through Rebuilding Together, dedicated to helping people with low income. 11.5 Height in feet of a molded, iron-frame climbing boulder installed at Lions Park in Great Falls, Montana, by Great Falls Lions. 3 Levels of difficulty of riding trails at a 3-acre mountain bike skills park built by Chestermere Lions of Alberta, Canada. APRIL 1997 SightFirst tallied its 1 millionth cataract surgery. Funded by a $143 million campaign, LCIF’s sight-saving program began just seven years earlier. Pictured is a happy patient from Kenya. 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